2019 World Junior silver medalists Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov led the Russian pairs to a sweep in the Junior Pairs Short Program as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final continued Thursday in Torino (ITA). Kseniia Akhanteva/Valerii Kolesov placed second while Diana Mukhametzianova/Ilya Mironov are currently ranked third.
Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Panfilova/Rylov’s program to “Matrix” featured a huge triple twist, a throw triple flip and a spectacular reverse lasso lift as well as level four footwork. However, Panfilova’s double Axel was a bit shaky and the death spiral merited only a level one. The reigning ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists scored 68.80 points. “To come here as the leaders for the first time didn’t change anything inside – we still want to do our best. But it gives us extra confidence,” Panfilova commented. “We are not a 100 percent satisfied. On three elements we did not as well as we could have done. We could have received more points and also get more in the components. We got a minus on the Axel and on the death spiral and maybe on the spin and we didn’t get that many plusses on the throw. At the end of the step sequence, I just improvised a bit because we were ahead of the music,” Rylov shared.
Kseniia Akhanteva/Valerii Kolesov of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Skating to “The Cloud Atlas” soundtrack, Akhanteva/Kolesov produced a triple twist, throw triple flip as well as three level-four elements to earn 66.64 points. “In general we are quite satisfied with the skate today, we completed the task we set for ourselves for this skate. In the free skate we will be trying to show the highest quality of the elements,” Akhanteva said. “We are aiming for gold, but most important is to show clean programs in both short and free skating,” her partner added.
Diana Mukhametzianova/Ilya Mironov of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Mukhametzianova/Mironov completed a triple twist, throw triple flip and a double Axel in their Czardas routine. The JGP Zagreb silver medalists received 64.90 points. “It could have gone better, but considering we changed our program less than a month ago I think it was OK. We didn’t decide to change it, our coaches did. I think we understand this program better and it shows our quality more,” Mironov explained.
Alina Pepeleva/Roman Pleshkov (RUS) are not far behind in fourth place at 64.67 points. Iuliia Artemeva/Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) placed fifth (63.89 points) and the only non-Russian team in the event, Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER), are sitting in sixth with 59.47 points.
Schedule of the event
Thursday, December 5: Junior Men, Junior Pairs & Junior Ladies Short Programs, Pairs & Men’s Short Program
Friday, December 6: Junior Rhythm Dance & Junior Ladies Free Skating, Rhythm Dance, Ladies Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Saturday, December 7: Men’s Free Skating, Junior Pairs & Men’s Free Skating, Junior Free Dance, Free Dance & Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, December 8: Exhibition Gala
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ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019